Friday, November 30, 2012

Etsy store and other excitement!

In the last week I've created:
- an Etsy store to sell my jewelry
- a facebook page for people to "like" and to draw them to the Etsy store
- a banner for the Etsy store
- a logo and cover image for the fb page
- an ad for the MOMS Club newsletter
- a basic business card
- a postcard that I can hand out to people

So yeah, my house is a mess LOL

If you've been admiring my stuff, I totally underpriced everything by accident.
Necklace and earring sets are only $20 plus $2 shipping.  Take advantage of my rookie mistake! :)

I've already had my first sale, which has been so much fun!  That meant I had to quickly clone a design and then figure out how to mail it securely etc.  While I did it, I kept track of the materials I used and how much time it took, which confirmed how much I underpriced it by.  The amount charged easily exceeds the cost of just materials, but the remaining "profit" made the hourly rate for my work pretty silly.  I guess compared to my "day job" it's still more, but I'll definitely be increasing the list price in the future when I list new items or re-list these items.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

silver snowflake set

Bright silver (colored) wire, light blue beads, and misc periwinkle and clear beads. 

The snowflakes were made with a jig (that I made myself from a block of wood, a drill, and nails), and then hammered flat with a ballpeen hammer on the concrete patio in the back yard.  This inspired me to get a proper jeweler's anvil and small ballpeen hammer.  The hammered shapes look super cool, but they're also very delicate.  Hopefully practice and/or using the more delicate tools will make them sturdier :)

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

silver and amethyst daisy set

I made this one for my friend Jamie, who despite moving away years ago, I am very close to.  Happy birthday sweetie!

It's antiqued silver wire, various findings in that color (two sizes of daisies and spacers) plus a variety of amethyst colored beads.  I used iridescent crystal style squarish beads plus plum colored e beads and some other misc purple, gray, and black beads.  I like the way the crystal looks suspended in the large daisies :)